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Andrew Cohen is a senior editor. He oversees the site’s analysis and helps provide daily coverage of legal events and issues. A recovering attorney, he is the legal analyst for 60 Minutes and CBS Radio News, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.
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News June 7
As Andre Thomas faces execution for three gory murders, a court questions jury bias and his competency.
News May 21
A sudden plea deal ends a decades-long fight in a capital murder case.
Prosecutors stacked the deck. Forty-one years later, that may be enough to free Johnny Gates.
Case in Point April 16
The Corey Williams case comes close.
Case in Point February 26
How one false statement brought down a Wall Street company.
Case in Point February 13
New York prosecutors object to new DNA testing that might answer questions left unanswered at a murder trial.
Case in Point January 29
Sometimes capital punishment is just the luck of the draw.
Case in Point January 15
Why can’t the defense have access, too?
Case in Point December 4, 2017
A judge balks at a corporate plea deal he can’t see
Case in Point November 13, 2017
An idle threat, but the teenage suspect confessed.
Case in Point October 30, 2017
If a witness lies, whose job is it to say so?
Case in Point October 16, 2017
The corkscrew case of Rogers Lacaze.
Commentary September 27, 2017
When a ‘hot cop’ proves himself a bad apple, police should hold him accountable, not close ranks.
Case in Point September 25, 2017
The Supreme Court and non-unanimous juries.
Case in Point September 11, 2017
One Arkansas county takes on a private probation company.
Case in Point August 8, 2017
A Massachusetts case suggests a different way of judging evidence.
Case in Point July 17, 2017
Under “qualified immunity,” often no one.
Case in Point June 12, 2017
The Jerry Hartfield case is an extraordinary tale of justice delayed and denied.
Case in Point May 22, 2017
Thomas Edward Clardy and the trial after the trial.
News May 10, 2017
Here’s what you need to know about the “Tuesday Night Massacre.”
Case in Point April 24, 2017
The strange case of a convicted killer whose “victim” probably died of her own drug overdose.
Case in Point April 10, 2017
...and the detective she says cooked the case.
Case in Point March 20, 2017
Did the subject invoke his right to remain silent?
Case in Point March 6, 2017
A case that tests corporate liability for chaos.
Case in Point February 20, 2017
Lester Packingham’s Facebook post is headed for the Supreme Court
Analysis January 31, 2017
Trump’s nominee has the ideology without the temper.
Case in Point January 23, 2017
The last six days of Elliott Earl Williams.
Analysis January 10, 2017
Senator laments a “corrosion of respect” for police in first day of testimony centered on crime and punishment.
Case in Point January 9, 2017
Alabama never forgave Phillip Chance for running away.
Case in Point December 19, 2016
The case of Clifton Harvin pits judges against judges.
Case in Point December 5, 2016
The case that awakened us to the mental health trauma of “Supermax”
Analysis November 18, 2016
An extensive record as a prosecutor and a senator gives some hints of what to expect.
Case in Point November 14, 2016
The evidence against Rodney Lincoln has evaporated, but the courts say he’s out of luck.
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
Voters in three states approve measures to strengthen capital punishment.
Case in Point October 24, 2016
Ex-prisoners challenge a law that lets local bureaucrats judge “moral turpitude.”
Crime on the Ballot October 19, 2016
Nebraska, Oklahoma, and California will test the prospects of abolition.
Case in Point September 26, 2016
Percell Warren and Nathaniel Epps died while fighting a rape conviction — but their battle still goes on.
Case in Point September 22, 2016
In Pennsylvania, the heart of solitary confinement reform, an intellectually disabled inmate says he’s been held in wretched isolation for 36 years.
Case in Point September 12, 2016
William Palmer was “severely mentally impaired” when he clashed with police. Should that matter?
Case in Point August 29, 2016
So George Gage sits in prison. And guess what happened to the prosecutor.
Case in Point August 15, 2016
Suppose a judge decides not to decide. For five years.
Analysis August 1, 2016
A judicial committee proposes more secrecy.
Case in Point July 18, 2016
It’s more common than you think.
Case in Point June 19, 2016
Is that fair? The U.S. Supreme Court could soon decide.
Analysis June 13, 2016
The oddest fallout from the Stanford sexual assault
Commentary June 9, 2016
How Terrance Williams became the face of the death penalty debate in Pennsylvania.
Analysis May 24, 2016
The state constitution is pretty clear, says a man who helped draft it.
Case in Point May 22, 2016
Someone else has confessed. The DNA evidence points elsewhere. What does it take to get off death row?
Case in Point May 3, 2016
In a notorious Louisiana case, a judge gets in a last kick.
Quiz April 10, 2016
Take our quiz on juror bias.
Commentary March 28, 2016
The South Carolina prosecutor is known as ‘Death Penalty Donnie.’
Commentary March 8, 2016
Remembering Robert Knott, a case the Justice Department would rather you forget
Q&A February 21, 2016
After 42 years in solitary, Albert Woodfox walks free.
News January 25, 2016
The Montgomery ruling says juveniles sentenced to life without parole must get a shot at a new sentence or parole.
Analysis January 12, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court says state judges cannot sentence death without a jury’s mandate
Commentary December 21, 2015
Three themes that will trend, three that won’t
Commentary October 23, 2015
Other voices from the criminal justice community weigh in.
Analysis September 25, 2015
When courts “de-publish” rulings to limit their impact.
News September 10, 2015
An Alabama man, wrongfully convicted, overcomes a judicial override to gain his freedom.
Commentary September 3, 2015
People from across the political spectrum suggest criminal justice reforms the president should enact during his remaining time in office.
The Rules August 14, 2015
Maintaining courtroom decorum the old-fashioned way.
Analysis August 12, 2015
Suddenly it’s not a crime problem, it’s a health problem.
Analysis July 29, 2015
Representing an avowed racist, a champion of racial justice.
Analysis July 15, 2015
A closer look at the president’s speech on criminal justice reform.
Analysis July 13, 2015
But Congress is the place to watch.
Analysis June 29, 2015
And a blazing battle over the death penalty itself.
News June 22, 2015
Selected news and comment from this morning’s Opening Statement.
Commentary June 2, 2015
A psychiatrist analyzes the notebook of James Holmes.
Feature June 1, 2015
Three states, three ways to kill a human being.
News May 12, 2015
With jails filling up, right to counsel gains favor.
News May 7, 2015
A tough, new report says it’s time for federal prisons to release the elderly and infirm.
News April 29, 2015
High Court’s conservatives bridle at ‘guerilla’ tactics of ‘abolitionist’ movement.
News April 28, 2015
A brief, aggregated history of the Baltimore police commissioner at the eye of the storm.
News April 24, 2015
A forensic whistleblower on the latest scandal.
Life Inside April 22, 2015
One inmate’s unexpurgated version of life in a Mississippi prison
News April 14, 2015
One by a nervous kid. One by a self-styled hit man. A Detroit whodunnit.
Q&A April 7, 2015
On the eve of deliberations over the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a juror in the Timothy McVeigh trial looks back.
News April 6, 2015
In time for closing arguments, ten pieces to catch you up.
Commentary March 30, 2015
What a battle between a Mississippi judge and a group of public defenders tells us about the state of indigent defense.
Commentary March 19, 2015
Georgia has become the laboratory of criminal justice reform.
Commentary March 2, 2015
On the 10th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision about juveniles and the death penalty, what has really changed?
Commentary February 19, 2015
In the case of this wrongfully convicted man, Louisiana says $0.00.
News January 28, 2015
A selective guide to the reporting on the next attorney general.
News January 20, 2015
Reimagining the president's State of the Union speech.
Commentary December 17, 2014
A close look at the L.A. County Jail settlement
News December 16, 2014
A brief modern history of racially motivated murder.
News December 13, 2014
The sweet spot in criminal justice reform.
News December 12, 2014
When the threat of a white jury is an interrogation tool.
Commentary December 9, 2014
Feds announce new racial profiling rules — and local police yawn
News December 4, 2014
Reckoning with the great justice divide.
News December 3, 2014
Some questions and answers about the city’s new mental health initiative.
News November 26, 2014
What to read in the aftermath.
News November 25, 2014
10 must-reads from coverage of the decision, and the protests.
News November 21, 2014
Tales from a week of overturned convictions.
Commentary November 21, 2014
A debate between Judge Harvie Wilkinson III and Stephen Bright.
News November 18, 2014
New numbers from 28 states suggest otherwise.
News November 17, 2014
A grand jury's secret, thankless ordeal.
News November 17, 2014
Crowded cells, aging inmates, soaring costs.